Tamir Rice’s mother asks Ohio Supreme Court not to reinstate officer who killed her son

FILE - In this Dec, 15, 2014 file photo, Samaria Rice, of Cleveland, Ohio, mother of Tamir...
FILE - In this Dec, 15, 2014 file photo, Samaria Rice, of Cleveland, Ohio, mother of Tamir Rice, touches her hand to her face during an interview at The Associated Press, in New York. A Cleveland police officer fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he played with a toy gun outside a recreation center. The family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014, asked the Justice Department on Friday to reopen the case into the boy's death after it was closed in the waning weeks of the Trump administration.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Published: May. 25, 2021 at 11:31 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND (WOIO) - A brief filed on behalf of Samaria Rice looks to make sure Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who killed her 12-year-old son Tamir in 2014, cannot become an officer again.

The amicus curiae brief, filed by Rice’s legal representation, takes aim at a procedural question concerning how the case to reinstate Loehmann was brought before the Ohio Supreme Court.

The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association (CPPA) claims Loehmann was wrongfully terminated from the department in 2017. Loehmann was fired for lying for on his job application.

In March 2021, the 8th District Court of Appeals upheld its decision that Loehmann’s firing was justified. In April, Loehmenn appealed that decision.

“Timothy Loehmann can’t be trusted,” Samaria Rice said. “I hope that the Supreme Court does not give him a chance to get back his job. The fact that the Cleveland police union is still trying to get him his job despite him killing my child and lying on his application to become a police officer shows you just how immoral that organization’s leadership is.”

The City of Cleveland also supporting Loehmann’s firing, saying in March 2021 “the City has consistently maintained throughout this process that Loehmann’s termination was justified.”

The CPPA continues to support Loehmann as he attempts to be reinstated as an officer.

In April, the family of Tamir Rice, with support from several Ohio lawmakers, asked the Department of Justice to reopen the civil investigation into Tamir’s death.

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